The Fly

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Lyricist is William Blake.

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Text and translations

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1  Little Fly,
Thy summer's play
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.
2  Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?
3  For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing;


4  If thought is life
And strength & breath
And the want
Of thought is death.
5  Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.

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